|Publisher||:||Book Republic October 31, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||330 pages|
|File Size||:||672 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
A fascinating story involving courage and determination that is told in such a flat manner it might well have been ironed out. It's not so much the linear narration - 'we went there and then we went there and then this happened and then this happened' - as it is the lack of context and place. Characters (real people!) all sound the same, places feel the same, journeys of unbelievable length have little to distinguish them. The cause might lie with the fact that the book is ghost written and in the interests of the truth, all literary techniques are waived. For me the struggle to get through it was matched only by the dancer's struggle to achieve her goals - and reading is not supposed to be such an heroic effort.
This book evoked many memories for me of the world of ballet. I enjoyed the straight-forward style, she just tells the story. The journey she has been on is pretty unique, a highly talented young girl leaving hearth and home to live and train in Russia. Things are very different there and I suspect your average young girl would have left. But Monica is down to earth and puts up with all sorts of uncomfortable situations for the joy she finds training under some of the most talented teachers in the world.
I expected a great memoir about being one of the few Irish ballerinas in the world and a girl lucky enough to study in Russia. Instead, it turned out to be a 209-page pity fest in which Monica Loughman comes off as a would-be diva and complains about nearly everything. There were interesting bits, but the constant kvetching was tiresome.
This book really inspired me to be a better dancer. Monica Loughman is an amazing dancer. This book is about her amazing journey in the school of perm and actually dancing with the company. I've always wanted to be a perfectional ballerina and I most likely won't but this book definitely gave me a boost to do better. I definitely would recommend this book for other ballet dancers. I would not recommend it for kids under twelve because of language. This was a great book. Hope this helped.
I really enjoyed this book. I did not know there were connections between Ireland and Russia for ballet training so it was an interesting read. Besides, I think the author did a wonderful job in giving a more realistic picture of the ballet world. Too often we are left with the impression that it is some fairytale world... and tend to underestimate the hard work, poor wages, and lack of funding that goes with the world 'ballet'
Enjoyable read concerning Russia ballet in the '90's and the experiences of this author as a young ballet student from Ireland.
Hard to believe that this happened in this century and not the last. And to think she was just a child of 13 when it all began as a stranger in a strange land. I don't think an older person could have survived. In fact I think it's time for an update on Monica's life.
I found this book to be fascinating. It gives a good insight into the life of a ballerina.